Republicans Maintain Advantage in Control of State Legislative Chambers

Brian Skinner Elections, State Legislatures

NC legislature

Route Fifty — By Kate Elizabeth Queram, Staff Correspondent — November 4, 2020

Democrats in several state legislatures saw their hopes for claiming majorities in more chambers slip away Wednesday as early election returns indicated that Republicans largely maintained or increased their legislative power. 

“I think the overall results are a big disappointment for the Democrats,” said Peverill Squire, a political science professor at the University of Missouri. “It’s not that they lost a terrific amount of ground like they did in 2010, but they thought they had some opportunities to pick up some chambers and for the most part it appears like they failed to do that. I think it leaves them in a position where, in some cases, they have to be concerned about how redistricting will play out with Republican control in some of the legislatures.”

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